Guardiola urges clubs to give managers time

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has urged clubs to give time for managers following Frank Lampard’s dismissal by Chelsea earlier today. The Blues legend was given his marching orders after a run of poor results saw Chelsea lose five of their last eight league games.

Frank Lampard did an incredible job during his first season at Chelsea by qualifying for Champions League after losing their charismatic playmaker Eden Hazard to Real Madrid. However, having spent over 250£m in the summer, Frank Lampard was expected to challenge for the title this season with the high profile arrivals of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz.

Pep Guardiola said he respected Chelsea’s decision to sack Lampard, but stressed the need to give more time to managers. The Manchester City manager added “All the managers – you have to win.”

People talk about projects and ideas, but they don’t exist – you have to win or you’ll be sacked.”

I respect the decision by Chelsea, but hopefully I can see Frank soon, take him to a restaurant to see him again when lockdown is over.

All the managers need time, but I’m not judging the decision from Chelsea. I respect the decision, it has to be that way.

We just try to win as much as possible and when it doesn’t happen, if you don’t have the sporting director, board, CEO in the same line and you don’t meet the target, every manager needs time to do what you believe.”

It happens in a few places, because all the boards, the owners, want results immediately, quick.”

It’s better to win the league in November than January, and better in January than May, but that’s impossible and doesn’t happen. That’s why it’s difficult to talk about the projects. In one month you can drop everything you’ve built as opponents are good – when it happens, it’s always a risk.”

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